Press release: With the partnership of the British Broadcasting Company (BBC), The Frida Cinema will be offering our community to see four rarely-screened stage adaptations of works by William Shakespeare as BBC and the world celebrate the 400th Birthday of theatre's most celebrated playwright, William Shakespeare.
The Shakespeare at 400 series will present:
Saturday, April 9 - 1:30pm
AS YOU LIKE IT (1963)
Directors Michael Elliott and Ronald Eyre's 1963 adaptation of Shakespeare's 1603 comedy was originally produced for television, and has very rarely presented on the big screen! This charming black and white adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company production stars Vanessa Redgrave in her breakout role as a Rosalind, a heroine who flees persecution in order to find love and safety. In this pastoral comedy about passion, Redgrave's legendary performance set the golden standard for the role of Rosalind. Also features Ian Richardson, as well as one of Shakespeare's most famous and often quoted speeches, "All the world's a stage..."
Saturday, April 16 - 1:30pm
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (1971)
An all-star 1971 production for theater buffs, this adaptation of Shakespeare's famed tale of mismatched lovers and mischievous fairies features performances by screen and theatre icons Lynn Redgrave, Michael Gambon, Eileen Atkins, Edward Fox, Eleanor Bron, Robert Stephens and Ronnie Barker. Set in Edwardian England and shot on location in and around Scotney Castle in Kent, an actual forest setting is truly brought to life in this charming and whimsical adaption.
Saturday, April 23 - 1:30pm
KING LEAR (1998)
Ian Holm towers over director Richard Eyre's (Notes on a Scandal, Iris) 1998 adaptation of Shakespeare's 1606 tragedy, an epic story about a king's gradual spiral into madness after the separation of his kingdom brings unfortunate consequences. Starring the magnificent Holm, Eyre's Royal National Theater production of the play is celebrated for its instances of piercing quiet, and its successful use of the smallest National auditorium in a physical staging ever. The production is done in a sparse modernistic style, and features Holm's breathtaking, Olivier Award-winning performance that was hailed The New York Times's theatre critic as the greatest of the over fifty Lear's he had seen in his lifetime.
Saturday, April 30 - 1:30pm
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (2005)
Katherine is a blunt, rude, and callous workaholic, a ball-breaking politician tipped for the leadership of her party, and very unlike her glamorous socialite mother and sister. Unfortunately for Kate's political ambitions, the electorate like to see their politicians married. So when eccentric aristocrat Petruchio appears on the scene searching for a wife, he's seems like the perfect answer - but with both of them used to getting their own way, their relationship is bound to be an explosive one. Originally produced and aired as part of the BBC's ShakespeaRE-Told series, Richard's modern update stars the criminally under-appreciated Shirley Henderson (a ubiquitous stage and screen presence perhaps best known as the Harry Potter films' Moaning Myrtle) and Rufus Sewell, who was nominated for the BAFTA for his masterful take on Petruchio.
The Frida Cinema thanks the British Broadcasting Corporation for making these adaptations available to our audiences. All screenings are free-of-charge, first-come first-served - no RSVP necessary.